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Converting IDE to Serial ATA, problems :(

Win XP, Home, ver 2002, SP2, AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2400+, 2.01 GHz, 1 GB RAM

Hi people, appologies for the title of my previous post, as I did not read the "Hardware Sticky" note at the top and I am also new to this. Sad

I bought a Plextor PX-810SA DVDRW drive and I only realized my mistake when it arrived and the connection were different. I only have IDEs on my mobo and no SATA, so I thought, how the hell am I gona do this now. Well, I bought an IDE to Serial ATA Motherboard Adapter from StarTech (PATA25ATA) and the converting cables for the power supply etc.
I got to a stage where by the drive comes up on the boot up and it is also recognized in the BIOS but nothing comes up on Windows My Computer.
Can please anyone hlp me... Any suggestions... any tips...anything would be very much appeciated. Happy

All the best to you guys and I hope you having a great weekend.

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You need to activate it. . .

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In Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, on the left, Disk Management. The new drive should be there, right click it. . .

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thanks Coryphaeus

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Ok, I will follow your suggestion once I get home. Working at the moment lol.
Thank you very much for you reply, I will let you know if it worked.


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nope, the drive it's not there

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Sad Nope, the drive it's not there... In fact I just remembered that I had done this...but I have looked so much to try to get this fixed... man...
Any other suggestions please Happy
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Why not take it back and exchange it

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for an ide, or buy a new one if that's not possible, drives are pretty cheap.
I don't know of any pci sata/ide cards that work with CD/DVD drives, only with hdd's.

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oh well... :(

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Thanks for your reply anmor, I am still looking around in search of some ideas on forums and general seaches on the web. Your suggestion is as valid as any other one and if nothing else works I will have to resign and keep it to install on my next machine which I hopefuly won't take too long to materialise lol.
Meanwhile let's see what comes up.
If anyone has some other ideas to try please do tell Wink

Good day, or night, to all of you

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I've never used them for such but I have several

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Promise Technology IDE controllers that indicate they support ATAPI drives (see link top of page 2). It says ...

"With Ultra133 comes the proven Promise BIOS that automatically recognizes the capacity of even the largest Ultra ATA drives today. Large LBA mode support means you can use ATA drives exceeding 137GB without using manufacturers? software drivers. Got the gadget bug? If more is better, Ultra133 TX2 is the perfect choice for adding conflict-free peripherals to your system. Ultra133 TX2 and its two ATA ports co-exist with the motherboard?s two ATA ports. Now you can combine up to 8 ATA drives and ATAPI peripherals (CD-RWs, DVDs, etc...) in any one PC."


Also looks as if Newegg offers some controllers that support ATAPI devices too...link below.


Like you said ...for $30 he could just get a compatible CD-DVD.


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Thanks VAPCMD :)

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A lot of stuff to check out. It's my day off today and I will certainly check those links out. Funny how these problems, despite the arrrrggg factor, are always an opportunity to learn more hehehehe.
I have been testing this little controller conversion thingy, changing the pins the various options of master slave and the BIOS only recognizes it on both J1 and J2 connections as single drive. Other than that...it does not even get them. Now I am wondering...if the BIOS recognizes the drive, make and model, why does not come up in windows my computer???

Thank you guys for all your support Happy
Any more suggestions will be welcome and you all have a most excellent day Wink

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Those little converters...most I've see are so

In reply to: Thanks VAPCMD :)

overpriced, I've avoided them like the plague. I'm the proud owner of none !

With CD-DVD drives as inexpensive as they are...I'd go for an ATA CD or a compatible controller.

Let us know.


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Yes VAPCMD you right

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I got a reply from the StarTech.com technical people and they suggested the "PCISATA4R1" which costs

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The devil is in the details...sometimes we luck out and

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others, our luck runs out.


PS..I like Plextor but there an awful lot of decent CD-DVD-DL optical drives that work very nicely too. Take a look at Newegg.com...lot of optical choices and lots of buyer feedback on the products.

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thanks VAPCMD :)

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Yes I will, sometimes i do get stuck with things i know... well, don't we all... and my last plextor lasted ages and always working fine but, saying that, I am sure I could as well been able to say the same of many other drives had I had them...lol let's be honest here, I am a sucker for "perceived" good brand names lol Wink
I will certainly check the one you mentioned, maybe I can save a few bucks, or pounds in my case lol

Have a great day VAPCMD and thanks again

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been there

In reply to: thanks VAPCMD :)

Plextor makes great drives, but the price/performance ratio isn't worth it. You end up spending 3-4x more for a plextor when you whouldn't notice the difference from a Lite-On or LG or BENQ. Save your money next time.

As for iDE>SATA, you need that promise controller, and it needs to be as fast as possible otherwise the drives will not boot up in POST. As of now I'm using a Promise TX400 controller, which has 4 ports, to run an optical drive and three auxiliary HDDs. There is no master/slave, as it's running through the interface of the controller, hence the devices are only recognized upon bootup.

Because you are adding an additional middleman between boot sequences (a PCI bus), if it doesn't recognize the drives quickly enough yor computer will simply stop at POST, and then reboot. Any controller or device wen youre tinkering with pins and jumpers is not worth your time, that's what SATA2 was invented for.

UK site: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124510

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